American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus
As a young social science student I took a class sure to be easy. A 200-level course, it promised to use popular culture to illustrate major concepts in sociology.
Piece of cake, I thought. I like to read, it’s popular culture. How hard can it be?
Sixteen weeks later I was dead from the punishing pace of reading 600-page novels, such as Thomas Mann‘s Continue reading
Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness
of Everyday Life
I think Lynn Truss might be one of those people who instantly understands what’s wrong in this story:
A little more than a year ago I attended a compulsory ‘training’ session organized by the firm for which I then worked. Thinking people will recognize these as Continue reading
67 Shots: Kent State and the End
of American Innocence
The first unsupervised business trip I ever went on with a client took me from New York to Tampa, Florida. But I went by way of Ohio to pick up Larry so we could work on the plane.
You’re riveted, aren’t you?
Here’s what I discovered at dinner that night. The mild-mannered man sitting across from me, deacon in his Continue reading
Other People’s Money: The Real Business of Ecance
“I’m just a banker, doing God’s work.”
Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs (11/2009)
“The culture of anonymous trading is divorced from economic context, devalues or eliminates personal relationships and fosters the self-aggrandising self.” (p. 269)
John Kay, 2015
American economists don’t make statements like the second quote above. Doing so could be hazardous to their career health. Thankfully Dr. Kay is British and so is Continue reading
How False Statements are Undermining America
from Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff
James B. Stewart
We live in an era of truthiness and alternative facts. That makes me wonder if ether the title or the cover image of this book will be recognized by all but a narrow, possibly aging, swath of the public.
For those who don’t know the author, James B. Stewart has been found between hard covers for just about 25 Continue reading
Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship
In a former life we’d play the film pitch game. You know that one. You describe a recent (or yet unmade) film in terms of existing films. Allegedly it’s how business is done in Hollywood where seeing every movie ever made is evidently a requirement for employment.
You can do the same thing with books. Witness: the Continue reading